Let me first say that Donald Trump’s handling of the Khizer Khan situation has been deplorable and is a perfect example of what some conservatives worry about with Mr. Trump’s campaign.
That being said, the media has also handled the entire situation with alarming idiocy.
They have freely abused Trump for his mishandling of the Khan family and of their heroic son Captain Humayun Khan who freely gave his life for his country. However, they have failed to hold their favorite political candidate, Hillary Clinton, to the same standard in the case of Patricia Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith.
Thankfully Howard Kurtz at Fox News is not everyone else in the mainstream media. On Monday, Kurtz expertly dissected the media malpractice on Trump-Khan, Clinton-Smith.
HOWARD KURTZ: Two parents, both touched by tragedy, gave impassioned speeches on big stages. Khizer Khan, a Muslim father whose soldier son was killed in Iraq denounced Donald Trump at the Democratic Convention.
KHAN: Have you even read the United States Constitution?
KURTZ: Patricia Smith, whose son was killed in Benghazi, denounced Hillary Clinton at the Republican Convention.
KURTZ: But only one of them drew enormous media attention. Khan’s speech made the front page of The New York Times and he was invited on NBC’s Meet the Press and CNN’s State of the Union.
KHAN: The way he showed disrespect towards the Gold Star mother of this country, that says it all.
CHUCK TODD, NBC: Your wife?
KHAN: My wife?
KURTZ: He was referring to Trump’s appearance on ABC’s This Week.
TRUMP: If you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.
KURTZ: The Washington Post said Ghazala Khan said she was too emotional to speak. Some analysts said Trump had escalated the controversy.
JOE TRIPPI, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: This wouldn’t be a big story if Trump hadn’t stepped in it and gone after the family.
KURTZ: But what about Patricia Smith? True, she castigated Clinton before in numerous interviews, but her speech was widely ignored and in some cases, attacked.
KELLY RIDDELL, WASHINGTON TIMES: A GQ writer tweeted, ‘I would like to beat her to death.’ Later had to apologize for it. And MSNBC said she ruined the night and it’s a gross accusation to bring up Benghazi.
CLINTON: Chris, my heart goes out to both of them. I don’t hold any ill feeling for someone who, in that moment, may not fully recall everything that was or wasn’t said.
KURTZ: And today, Khan was back on the TV circuit. He’s ripping Trump for pushing a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, which is unpopular with most of the media. Smith is personally blaming Clinton for Benghazi, which the media says is unfair, and that seems to show in the coverage.